The marine forecast was horrible with the report calling for 10-25knots and 2-4′ wind waves from the SW. Had my eyes set on Admiralty Inlet with no advisories and considerably lower winds dues to the Kitsap peninsula blocking much of those southerlys.
We decided to push off a little later and left Bellevue by 8 am and made it to mukilteo by 8:40. We launched by 9 am and were under way. It took us 45 minutes to make the run to Mutiny Bay where we would find the majority of the fleet, about 30-40 boats anchored and or drifting in 120-140′ of water on the southern tip of a contour.
I opted to stick to the northern section to get away from the crowds and anchored in 130′ of water. The Columbia river anchor and EZ puller worked great once We were able to get all the twists and knots out of the 300′ of anchor line. I used a buoy to help other boaters identify my presence and we proceeded to rig up and drop our artificial squids with lack label herring on double Gamagatsu Big river bait hooks on 80# Ande.
Fortunately we didn’t have to deal with the dogfish but the sanddabs wouldn’t leave us alone. They were chewing up our bait, so we decided to have a little fun and throw on a small hootchies with stinger hook and catch a few limits of flounder for a fish fry.
If I try it again will also consider a chum bag dropped with a downrigger and location moved closer to the inlet itself where better currents might bring in those larger cousins of the dabs.
The thunder showers moved in the afternoon and we decided to leave at 3 pm. We encountered some wind waves and got battered coming back and averaged 10-13 mph on the GPS. We did much better than the Sea Sport and aluminum boats that were trying to follow us and couldn’t ride out the waves as nicely. It took us an hour to get back to the launch. After a nice dinner at the H-Mart food court we missed rush hour and spent the next couple of hours cleaning the boat md prepping her for the next outing to Westport for the King salmon opener.